Ellen Whitaker was born March 5, 1986. She is a British female show jumping rider, ranked 7th by the British Showjumping Association for May 2005 to April 2006. She is the daughter of rider Steven Whitaker and niece of riders John Whitaker and Michael Whitaker. She lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
Ellen Whitaker has 12 horses, one of which is AK Locarno, also known as Locarno 62, whose purchase price of EUR 1,000,000 in 2005 made him the most expensive horse ever imported to the UK. Locarno is a bay Holsteiner stallion, owned by Mrs D. Makin and Mr S. Whitaker. Since 2008, Locarno 62 has been Whitaker's top horse. Locarno 62's leg infection in June 2008 caused Whitaker to miss qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
She is also known for riding the horses Magic Max (who was reputedly sold for £1,000,000 in 2003) and Naff Naff II, on whom she came in third nationally at the Southview Jumping Show in the 1.40m class in 2006.
Her more recent horses include Ladina B (Puissance and 6 Bar Specialist,CS Online, Equimax Ocolado (Whom partnered her to HOYS Leading show jumper of the year victory), Sherwater Mikado, Sefana,Kansilier, Henri de Here, and numerous youngsters to be brought on.
She just missed out on selection for the Beijing Olympics '08, due to a lameness in AK Locarno 62. Locarno was due to return to jumping in late 2009.
She went to Penistone Grammar School.
- Winner of the 2009 Horse of the Year show Show Jumper of the year Grand Prix, and Show Jumper of the show.
- Three times winner of the Horse of the Year Show Speed stakes (2006, 2008+2009)
- Winner of the Horse of the Year Show 2009 Puissance
- Area UK Special GP 2009
- BSJA Leading Under-21 Rider and Members Personality of the Year 2005
- Winner of the Longines Ladies Award for Elegance in Barcelona
- Winner of the 2007 Hickstead Speed Derby
- Winner of the Young Riders Championship at the Horse of the Year Show 2005
- Member of the European Bronze Medal Winning Team 2007 and Silver Medal 2003
- British Ranking: 6th (Leading Lady) World Ranking: Dec 2007 = 60th